Marvel launches mediocre Avengers Initiative game for Windows Phone 8

There’s a new Thor movie dropping this weekend. So you might want to check our Avengers Initiative for Windows Phone if you’re needing a Marvel fix before then. The game just launched today for Windows Phone 8 users and it looks to bring a few of your favorite Marvel characters into an interesting looking combat game.

Details and video demo after the break.

The game has been out for a while on Android and iOS, but we won’t let that ruin our parade. Avengers Initiative lets you take control of either the Hulk or Captain America. Sorry, no Iron Man or Thor in this game. Here’s what the developers say the game offers:

  • Visceral Combat –Experience raw, super-powered combat with blazingly responsive swipe, attack, and combo controls in a complete gesture based action game.
  • Stunning HD Visuals – Battle huge boss-sized enemies, experience amazing special effects, and visit incredible and icon Marvel locations.
  • Unique Customization –Fully customize Hulk and Captain America to play the way you want to play. Acquire exclusive costumes, unlock incredible super-powered abilities, discover explosive augmentations, and upgrade the combat stats of Hulk and Captain America.

Marvels Initiative

We spent a few minutes playing with the game to get a quick hands-on impression with it. We’ll have Paul or George do a proper review later this week. So what’s our initial reaction? We’re somewhat underwhelmed with the overall experience. Gameplay is fine, but read the second-to-last paragraph to learn about the download woes you’ll face if you want to get it.

Like we said, gameplay is okay. Once you’ve installed the app you’ll be playing as the Hulk before you unlock Captain America. Graphics are pretty crisp and we didn’t notice any stutter in the game itself. This is a combat title and you’ll learn the mechanics in the first few minutes of playing. You swipe to perform different attacks. You can also have your character sidestep an attack or block one.

Marvels Initiative

The app clocks in at a download size of 763MB, but you’ll need about 1.6GB of free storage to install the game. Speaking of which, it took us about 15 minutes on Wi-Fi to download and install the game to your Lumia 1020. And that was on a pretty high speed FiOS connection. Oh and when you first launch the game you’ll get a message saying you need about 4GB of storage free in order to install additional assets. This game takes up a lot of space for a $4.99 video game that isn’t an Xbox Live title.


The first thing you see when you launch the game.

The game is only available for Windows Phone 8 users and goes for $4.99 with no trial. Yup, you’re probably going to be a pretty dedicated Avengers fan to grab this one. Want it? Head to the Windows Phone Store, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app.


Sam Sabri